Optional Alternative or Additional Songs:
20Wisdom cries out in the street;
in the squares she raises her voice.
21At the busiest corner she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
22“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
23Give heed to my reproof;
I will pour out my thoughts to you;
I will make my words known to you.
24Because I have called and you refused,
have stretched out my hand and no one heeded,
25and because you have ignored all my counsel
and would have none of my reproof,
26I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when panic strikes you,
27when panic strikes you like a storm,
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when distress and anguish come upon you.
28Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer;
they will seek me diligently, but will not find me.
29Because they hated knowledge
and did not choose the fear of the Lord,
30would have none of my counsel,
and despised all my reproof,
31therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way
and be sated with their own devices.
To provide the youth with: a) an understanding of wisdom; b) the various ways cultures develop, preserve and share wisdom; and c) the value of wisdom as guidance for life.
Gather (5 minutes)
Dennis Brown: “Words of Wisdom” Recording
Introduction to the Session (5 Minutes)
Last week we explored the subject of wisdom and reflected on the many different sources of what Maya Angelou called “mother wit” or “homely sayings couched in the collective wisdom of generations. This week we’re going to take a closer look at how these different sources of wisdom are similar or perhaps different.
Engage (30 minutes)
Activity I: The Many Sources of Wisdom Part I (15 Minutes)
Activity II: The Many Sources of Wisdom Part II (15 Minutes)
Michael Jackson: “Man in the Mirror” Recording and Lyrics
Aesop’s Fable: “The Boy and the Filberts”
9 One who forgives an affront fosters friendship,
but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.
The Beatles: “The End” Recording and Lyrics
Aesop’s Fable: “The Crow and the Pitcher”
14 The beginning of strife is like letting out water;
so stop before the quarrel breaks out.
The Carter Family: “Give Me Roses While I Live” Recording and Lyrics
Aesop’s Fable: “The Fox and the Grapes”
24 Make no friends with those given to anger,
and do not associate with hotheads,
25 or you may learn their ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.
Reflect (15 minutes)
Send Forth (5 minutes)
This resource includes supplementary materials:
Introduction for Leaders